6 IT bodies form Hong Kong Cloud Standards Alliance
By Carol Ko 12-Apr-2012
"There is no single standard for cloud computing."
-- Dr CK Wong, Hong Kong Computer Society
No single standard
"I hope that the Alliance will collaborate and complement the work of the cloud expert group headed by OGCIO."
-- Daniel Lai, Hong Kong government CIO
- Support the Hong Kong Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) in standardizing cloud computing;
- Coordinate and facilitate local and regional collaboration on the research and development (R&D) of the interoperability standards for platform-as-a-service (PaaS), service standards, security and privacy policies and the best practices, which include "green" technologies cloud computing center operation;
- Participate in selected national projects that aim at developing cloud standards under OGCIO's leadership. These include interoperability standards and the definition of common PaaS features, such as cross user authentication, verifications on the authenticity and origins of electronic documents and messages, and common service invocation mechanism;
- Promote and facilitate the adoption of the necessary legal framework and government policies that are applicable to cloud computing center operation;
- Promote and support cloud services development, including consumer-based and enterprise-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that run by these PaaS standards;
- Support and collaborate with different industries to promote cloud-based services adoption. Facilitate the development of common data that are used in these industry sectors;
- Support and collaborate with different industries on the design of standard message formats and constructs used in information exchanges and services invocation between these SaaS applications;
- Promote the connectivity standard to incorporate both consumer and enterprise requirements. Focus best practices on the internet and other types of connectivity like private network and mobile network;
- Promote and develop a set of best practice guidelines to facilitate cloud-based services load sharing, in the areas of workload interoperability, data conversion, systems migration and customer transfer; and
- Promote these standards to the software industry and user communities.